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The Money Diggers


Published 1832
Topics art, American Art


Early ethnic stereotypes animate this painting based on one of the American author Washington Irving's raucous stores of life in colonial New York. In this scene from "The Adventure of the Black Fisherman," three money-mad characters hunt for treasure supposed to have been buried in a Dutch New York cemetery at the time of the British takeover. In painting the miserly Dutchman (far left), the sinister German sorcerer, and the superstitious black fisherman who led the group to the spot, John Quidor followed Irving's descriptions exactly, down to the green lenses in Dr. Knipperhausen's glasses.

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Identifier brooklynmuseum-o971-the-money-diggers
Caption John Quidor (American, 1801-1881). The Money Diggers, 1832. Oil on canvas, 15 15/16 x 20 15/16 in. (40.5 x 53.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Bradley Martin, 48.171
Creator John Quidor
Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Bradley Martin
Date 1832
Dimensions 15 15/16 x 20 15/16 in. (40.5 x 53.2 cm)
Mediatype image
Medium Oil on canvas
Rights No known copyright restrictions
Signature Signed right center: "J. Quidor Pinxt / N. York June, 1832."
Publicdate 2010-04-28 19:47:51
Addeddate 2010-04-28 19:47:51
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